Liscarroll, County Cork, Ireland
Liscarroll Castle is an impressive ruined fortress located in the village of Liscarroll in County Cork.
The castle, now in ruins, was a large rectangular structure about 240 feet by 120 feet in size with large rounded towers at each corner. The surrounding walls were about 30 feet tall, with the main entrance in the south wall guarded by a large square tower. There are some underground passages near the castle, but the entrances to these are now closed up. The south east tower and large parts of the curtain wall have been destroyed
Liscarroll Castle was built in the 13th century by the De Barry family. In 1642, at the start of the Irish Confederate Wars, it was besieged by Irish army forces under the command of Lord Mountgarret. The castle occupants surrendered after a siege of 13 days, but the following day the Earl of Inchiquin arrived with reinforcements and defeated the Irish army at the Battle of Liscarroll, which claimed the lives of 1500 men. The Irish army again captured the castle in 1646, with an army of 5000 led by Lord Castlehaven. After the wars the castle was granted to the Percevals (the Earls of Egmont) and it remained in their possession for many years.
The castle is referred to in an 1854 poem by Callaghan Hartstonge Gayner which ends with the line "We'll stand as freemen yet, beneath those old Liscarroll walls".
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